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Proper Design and Detailing Remain Critical as Metal Roofing Sales Continue to Grow

Proper Design and Detailing Remain Critical as Metal Roofing Sales Continue to Grow

Posted: July 31, 2020 | Project Management

For years, the stigma surrounding the upfront costs and complex installation of metal roof systems has kept some building owners and architects from exploring further. Instead, they’d stick with a familiar asphalt-based system. But most likely they’d have to replace that roof at least once (if not twice) in the same time period one metal roof system would have lasted.

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Gathering the Data to Create the Post-COVID Workplace

Gathering the Data to Create the Post-COVID Workplace

Posted: July 2, 2020 | Tradewinds, Project Management

Now that COVID-19 has jump-started a global work from-home experiment, many are speculating on the future of fice — what will it look like? Will we need an of fice at all? The option of working from home has long been at the employer’s discretion, but in the midst of a global health threat, the of fice poses safet y risks that will put the employee in the driver’s seat to determine if the health threat is greater than economic security.

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Sustainable Practices Can Create Disaster Resilience

Sustainable Practices Can Create Disaster Resilience

Posted: June 26, 2020 | Tradewinds, Project Management

Disasters — whether in the form of hurricanes, wildfires or a global pandemic — can cause significant disruption and change lives in ways large and small. We’ve all witnessed recent examples.

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Will Building Designs Evolve to Reflect Public Concern with the Coronavirus?

Will Building Designs Evolve to Reflect Public Concern with the Coronavirus?

Posted: June 12, 2020 | Estimating, Project Management

With the onset of COVID-19, many people worldwide are looking at their personal safety and trying to understand the nature of this pandemic. A multitude of our codes, laws and building methodologies are simply our response to a challenge (such as this virus), a wrong, or a hazardous situation. For instance, commercial buildings are typically renovated when they are in need of updating to appeal to their customer base. Sometimes change starts with customer requests or suggestions. In the case of public health or wellbeing, it can come from health department or fire marshal reports that point to a safety issue. And many times the public acts to report a building’s perceived health violation to the health department so as to protect themselves and others.

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A Pandemic Doesn’t Change the Need to Engage Communities

A Pandemic Doesn’t Change the Need to Engage Communities

Posted: May 29, 2020 | Tradewinds, Project Management

Even though our in-person interactions are significantly decreased with ongoing social distancing measures, project teams must still work hard to develop long-term plans and projects that respectfully engage the public and key stakeholders. This includes working with communities at the very beginning of a project to develop a long-range vision or plan and then see that vision through to construction or implementation.

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